Aside from things like preventing hull damage in a space battle you might loose, or trying to get the Coming in for my Pacifism run! achievement, is there ever any benefit or "good outcome" from choosing "do not attack" or other "do nothing" options like:
- Explore the asteroid field? Too dangerous. We'll just wait for the FTL to charge.
- Explore the nearby system with your impulse engines? Stay near the beacon.
- You spot a rebel ship in the nebula ahead and stay off their radar. Try to engage? Stay hidden.
- Try to help the damaged Federation ship? Keep your position, they can handle themselves.